Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Contact us for further information if you are unable to find an answer to your query.
What is citizenship by investment?
Many countries all over the world have programs that allow individuals to obtain citizenship through investment. This investment is usually made through buying real estate, investing in government bonds or even a transfer of capital. The period of time and the size of the investment required varies depending on the chosen program.
What is a Golden Visa?
A Golden Visa is a residency permit which is granted to individuals who invest in a residency-by-investment program. Investors are given a visa for a determined period of time, and can usually renew as long as they maintain their initial investment. Golden Visas also usually have a “stay requirement”, a number of days per year that investors must spend in the country to maintain residency.
What does visa-free travel mean?
Visa-free travel is when you are permitted to cross certain borders without a visa. Golden Visas and citizenship by investment can mean you are entitled to visa-free travel in specific areas, for example having a European passport can give you visa-free travel within the Schengen Zone.
Can I pay from an international bank account?
Yes, you can pay from any bank account that allows you to make international transfers. We also accept payment via PayPal or credit card.
Do I have to relocate in order to get a residency permit?
Many countries do not require you to relocate in order to obtain a residency permit. Portugal requires Golden Visa holders to spend 7 days in the country each year, whereas Cyprus requires a visit once every two years. UK investment visas require holders to spend at least 183 days in the country each year.
Can I take my spouse with me on a Golden Visa?
Yes, with most Golden Visa programs you can bring your spouse, children, parents and sometimes even grandparents with you on a single investment visa.
Can I take my children with me on a Golden Visa?
Yes, most Golden Visa programs allow you to take your children with you. Depending on the country, there are sometimes restrictions depending on the age of the child, or whether they are in full-time education.
How long does it take to get a residency permit?
The amount of time it takes to recieve your residency permit varies depending on the country, and can be as little as three weeks in the UK, to up to 6 months in Malta.
How long is the residency permit valid?
Cyprus: Five years, which can then be extended by two years, after which citizenship can be applied for.
Malta: There is no expiration, but it is monitored annually for the first five years. After this, the permit is monitored once every five years.
Portugal: The residency permit is valid for one year, and is then renewed for two subsequent periods of two years. Permanent residency can then be applied for.
Spain: The residency permit is valid for one year, and is then renewed for two subsequent periods of two years. Permanent residency can then be applied for.
UK: The permit is valid for three years initially, but can be renewed for a further two years.
How long does it take to get a citizenship by investment?
Cyprus: Typically around three months.
Malta: Typically about four months.
Portugal: Typically six years.
Spain: Citizens of Latin America, Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, and Jews of Spanish origin must have resided in Spain for two years. Citizens of other countries must have lived in Spain for ten years.
UK: Typically six years.
Why should I use Global Citizens Solutions rather than doing it myself?
- Peace of mind
- Professional and experienced service
- We can minimize the visits to the designated country
- We represent your interest
- We know our way around the market
- Full relocation services
- All requirements are under one roof
- Flat fee